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Financial Independence and Accountability
Support from individuals like you is essential to our ability to operate independently, and allows Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) to respond at a moment's notice to the most urgent emergencies, often in countries and regions that are otherwise forgotten.
MSF's decision to intervene in any crisis is based solely on our independent assessment of people's needs—not political, economic, or religious interests. Our freedom to act and make decisions independently enables us to respond more quickly and to be the first on the scene to provide emergency medical assistance, even in areas farthest from media attention.
MSF strives to operate efficiently and to minimize fundraising and administrative costs. Between 1995 and 2012, MSF-USA allocated more than 85 percent of its expenditures to MSF's social mission–programs and public education activities. Maintaining this standard is a high priority for us.
MSF-USA has consistently met all standards of watchdog agencies and has recently been awarded an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. The watchdog agencies' reports are available to the general public.
Please read our commitment to our supporters, to find out how MSF uses your donations to reach people in need in the most effective and cost-efficient manner, while adhering to stringent fundraising ethics.
MSF-USA operates in a manner consistent with the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP's) Donor Bill of Rights and the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.
Doctors Without Borders USA, Inc., is recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN: 13-3433452
In the field as well as at headquarters, MSF compensation levels are moderate and transparent.
At MSF-USA, for example, the salary of the executive director will not exceed three times the salary of the lowest paid full-time position in the office. In 2012, MSF-USA's executive director salary was $141,950.
MSF-USA strives to limit administrative expenses – for instance, travel is economy class and hotels are budget.
Below you will find links allowing for access to both our Annual Report and the IRS Form 990. As a charitable corporation, exempt from income tax, we are required to file the form 990 with the federal government and the financial information is presented in accordance with IRS regulations.
Should you wish to review our Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets, presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, you will find these tables in our Annual Report on pages 54 and 55.
For more information, please send an e-mail, or call our Donor Services department at 212-679-6800.